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Preliminary Assessment of a Microwave System to Detect Contrast Enhancing Agents

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages937-940
Number of pages4
Volume2018-July
ISBN (Electronic)9781538636466
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2018
Event40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 18 Jul 201821 Jul 2018

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Conference40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period18/07/201821/07/2018

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Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary study of the impact of potential contrast enhancing agents on a 2-port microwave imaging system. To this end, we have conducted microwave measurements inside a dual cylindrical tank, comprised of an outer and inner cylinder filled with high and low loss liquids, respectively. A third smaller cylinder inside the low loss filled tank represents a target. The target materials consisted of safflower oil, water, PEGylated zinc oxide nanoparticles dispersed in water, and saline with varying concentrations of salt. To benchmark our experimental results, we have also performed accurate numerical simulations of the system under three target scenarios: safflower oil, water, and PEGylated zinc oxide suspension. Our results show that the difference in received signal strength in scenarios with and without PEGylated zinc oxide nanoparticles in our 2-port system was comparable to measurement error. However, with the use of varying concentrations of saline solutions as a target, we have observed a significant difference in received signal strength.

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